Located at the centre of the Indochinese Peninsula, Thailand’s population is approximately 70 million (2018). There has been a steady decrease in Thailand’s mortality trends in recent years, partly due to the introduction of universal health care in the early 2000s. Life expectancy has risen, reaching 78 for females and 71 for males in 2018.

Health challenges

According to the World Health Organization, the health challenges facing Thailand include:

  • non-communicable diseases, especially cancer and cardiovascular disease.
  • anti-microbial resistance.
  • controlling tuberculosis and malaria.
  • HIV and AIDS prevention and care.

On June 10 2020, Thailand had 3121 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 58 people had died, and 2,973 people had recovered.

Contact Details

For more information about our work in Thailand, please contact:

Burnet Institute

[email protected]




Current Projects

  • Gender Counts

  • Host and parasite factors that predict Artemisinin Resistance reservoirs

  • Immunity to malaria and infectious diseases during pregnancy

  • Immunity, drug efficacy and spread of antimalarial drug resistance

  • Impact of declining transmission on immunity and risk of malaria rebound

  • Implementing Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services in East Asia and the Pacific Region

  • Major advances in understanding malaria immunity and biology

  • Optima HIV Modelling

  • Rapid review of maternal health recommendations related to the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Serological surveillance to identify mosquito exposure and malaria transmission

  • Sexual and reproductive health in Asia and the Pacific